Bulldogs at BC Friday Night

YALE HAS BIGGEST TEST TO DATE

 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 17 Yale men's hockey team (7-4-2, 3-3-1 ECAC) has a great opportunity that comes with its toughest challenge of the 2012-13 season to date. The Bulldogs travel to No. 2 Boston College (12-3-1, 9-2-1 Hockey East) on Friday night with a chance to battle the defending national champions before heading into the thick of their conference schedule. The puck drops at 7 and can be seen live on bceagles.com.
 
SERIES
The Eagles own a 43-11 lead heading into the 55th meeting, though the last four contests have been decided by five goals.

LAST MEETING
Chris Kreider's goal with 39 seconds left in the third period capped a late comeback as Boston College edged Yale 3-2 in a battle of top 10 ranked teams before an Ingalls Rink sellout. Jesse Root and Kenny Agostino had the Yale goals. The Eagles erased a 2-0 deficit with three straight goals, including two in the last three minutes to spoil a great performance by goalie Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, AB), who had 36 saves. The teams combined for 12 scoreless advantages while BC had a 39-33 edge in shots. Brian Billett made 31 saves to get the win in his college debut for the Eagles.

BULLDOGS
Yale, coming off a 5-4 loss to Holy Cross in Marlborough, Mass., has its final non-conference game this Friday. Sophomore forward Nicholas Weberg had two goals to lead the Blue against the Crusaders. The other tallies came from Kenny Agostino and Antoine Lagainere. Holy Cross scored three power play goals and one shorthander, while the Elis notched three advantage tallies of their own. Yale came off a 17-day break from games by beating the Russian Red Stars 10-2 in a Dec. 28 exhibition.  

EAGLES
Boston College, bouncing back and forth between the No. 1 and 2 spots in the national polls all season, returns home from the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis for its first home game since Dec. 1. The Eagles beat Alabama-Huntsville and then fell to top ranked Minnesota in the championship game,

COMPARING
Here's how Yale and BC compare in rankings and national statistics.
            
                          YALE           BC
    Pairwise        10               1
    Offense         15 (3.15)    3 (3.50)
    Defense        45 (3.0)       26 (2.62)
    Power Play    18 (19.7)    2 (26.5)
    Penalty Kill    38 (81.5)    28 (83.1)

SCORING CLASS
Yale has a team-high 15 goals from its senior class. The juniors are second with 12 tallies. The sophomores are third with 10 while the newcomers have hit the net four times.

 
MILLER
Senior F Andrew Miller (117 gp, 29-99-128) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey. He has 5-8-13 this season and needs one more assist to become only the second Bulldog to get 100 career assists. Miller is also among a select group of college players who have more points than career games played. He has been ranked among the top 10 in Division I for assists the last three years and was voted "best passer" by his teammates the last three years. His two goals against SLU on Nov. 10 this year were a career-high. Miller, a 2010-11 first-team All-ECAC pick, had 12-33-45 that season and was fourth in the nation in assists. More impressive was that 22 of his 33 assists were primary. The 33 helpers were second best at Yale and a sophomore school record. His best offensive weekend as a collegian came in Feb. 2011 when he hit the net three times vs. Colgate/Cornell. As a freshman, Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), was 12th in the nation in points and registered the most (34) points by a Yale rookie in 25 years. The speedy forward was the 2008-09 USA Junior Player of the Year and 2007 Michigan High School Mr. Hockey.

Yale Career Assists
Bob Brooke              113         1979–83
Andrew Miller            99           2009-Pres.
 
Yale Career Points
Jeff Hamilton           173         1996–01
Brian O'Neill             163         2008-12
Mark Kaufmann        160         1989–93
Bob Kudelski           158         1983–87
Bob Brooke              155         1979–83
Broc Little                 142         2007-11
Randy Wood            141         1982–86
Denny Kearney           131         2007-11
Dan Poliziani            131         1978–82
Andrew Miller            128         2009-Pres.
Sean Backman            126         2006-10
Bob Logan                122         1982–86
 
LAGANIERE
Senior F Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.), who is 5th in the nation with .69 goals per game, has 18 goals over his last 22 games, including a pair in the Dec. 2 win over Brown. He ranks 17th in Division I with 1.23 points while leading the team with nine goals. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (98 gp, 40-32-72), featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, got hot when the Blue needed it most; he had nine goals over the final nine games, including his first collegiate hat trick in game three of the Princeton 2012 ECAC playoff series. He scored shorthanded, on the power play and even-strength against the Tigers. He also had Yale's best weekend with five goals over three games, which earned him his first ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honor.
 
AGOSTINO
Yale junior forward Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ), who beat No. 2 Denver with a power-play tally in OT on Nov. 23, ranks 12th with 1.31 points per game in Division I. He has been one of the hottest Bulldogs the last two seasons. Agostino, featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, was third on the team with 14 goals and 34 points in 2011-12, while he earned ECAC Player of the Week honors for his three-goal, Feb. 17-18 weekend. Agostino (77 gp, 32-44-76) has scored other significant, late goals. Last winter, he scored goals in consecutive games with under 35 seconds left in regulation, one for a win and another to send it to overtime. Agostino beat Dartmouth at Hanover with 34.8 ticks remaining, followed by a GTG against SLU with 34.2 left at home. His season-high was 2-2-4 against both UConn and Harvard at Ingalls in 2011-12. Agostino became the first Yale newcomer in 30 years to record five points in one game on Jan. 2, 2011. He notched three goals and two assists against Holy Cross and became the school's first freshman to tally five points in 27 years. Yale's rookie of the year in 2010-11, Agostino had 11 goals and 25 points and was the HCA National Rookie of the Month for January (8-4-12), the first Bulldog to receive that award. He was ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on Jan. 23 (3 goals vs. Clarkson/SLU), becoming the only Bulldog to earn conference rookie honors in 2010-11. The former Delbarton School star had a goal and three assists before the holiday break, and 10 goals and 11 assists after. He ranked 11th nationally among rookies with .86 points per game.

BLUE LINE
There are seven defensemen on the Yale roster, including one senior, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen. Senior Colin Dueck (Calgary, Alb.) has the most experience with junior Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.) a close second. Sophomore Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn) was the team's rookie of the year in 2011-12, while classmate Matt Killian (Basking Ridge, NJ) has been in uniform for the last three games. Newcomers Rob O'Gara (Nesconset, NY), Ryan Obuchowski (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Mitch Witek (Downers Grove, Ill.) have seen plenty of action this year.    

MALCOLM
Senior Jeff Malcolm (career: 2.86, .902, 22-18-3) has the majority of action in the Yale net this year. He started the last four games, including a 33-save effort in a 2-2 OT tie with Union. Malcolm, who has 10 starts this year, had 32 saves in the 2-1 OT win at No. 2 Denver on Nov. 23, which may have been his best as a Bulldog. Before that, Malcolm stopped 59 of 63 shots on Nov. 9-10 and did not give up a goal on 11 penalty kills. His 32 saves vs. SLU on Nov. 10 were a season-high. The Yale goalie with the most minutes and saves in 2011-12 was in net for two of the more memorable events of the season: he made 27 saves in the win over Princeton in the playoff series finale and notched a shutout streak of three (Colgate, RPI, Union) games and 226:39 minutes (parts of 5 games) in November. Malcolm (Lethbridge, Alb.) earned ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week honors after stopping all 72 shots in wins at No. 8 Union and RPI last winter. The three straight SHOs tied the school record but fell short of the Yale record (240:53 by Ryan Rondeau '11) scoreless streak. His career-high is 45 saves against Union on Nov. 12, 2011.
 
MARICIC
Senior Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.) got his first start and victory in a 4-2, 25-save effort against Cornell in the fourth game of his freshman season. Since then he has compiled 751 saves and 14 wins. His latest win required nine saves (no goals allowed) over the last 29 minutes of the 6-5 win at Colorado College on Nov. 24. He also had some big ones down the stretch last year that helped the Blue go 3-0-1 to close the regular season. He stopped 66 of 70 shots the final weekend on the road. He saved 52 of 56 shots and held Dartmouth/Harvard scoreless on 10 of 11 advantages the week before. Maricic (3.00, .895, 14-10-4) had a career-high 40 saves in the 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac on Feb. 25, 2012.  
 
FROSH
Six freshmen have been used in a game on many occasions this season, including three on defense and three at forward. The eight new Bulldogs come from five different states and one province, and bring experience from the USHL (3), EJHL (2), BCHL, AJHL and a New England prep school. They range in size from 5-foot-9 to a pair of 6-foot-4 skaters, while the average weight of the class of 2016 is just over 190 pounds. One of those big guys is Rob O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick featured in a bostonbruins.com video this season.
 
RANKING, POLLS
The Bulldogs are No. 10 in the uscho.com Pairwise Rankings and are 17th in that website's poll. The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll had Yale No. 14 in the Dec. 17 edition, but the Blue are not among its top 15 this week.

RANKING OPPONENTS
The Elis won three straight games over ranked teams and are now 4-0-1 overall this season against teams with national rankings. Three (Harvard, Denver, Colorado College) of the four wins have come on the road. The other games were at home against St. Lawrence and Union (tie).
 
ON TV
In addition to the Jan. 18 Harvard game airing live on the NBC Sports Network, Yale games at Cornell (Jan. 25) and Quinnipiac (Feb. 22) are on the network formerly known as Versus. The exhibition against the Red Stars aired on CPTV Sports, which may also cover the Feb. 2 Quinnpiac contest.

ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The weekend of March 22-23 marks the last time the ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend is held at Atlantic City. Next March, the conference championships are back in Lake Placid at the 1980 Rink, the site of ECAC Championships in the 1990s. Yale has won a pair of conference tournament titles - 2009 at Albany and 2011 at Atlantic City.


SCHEDULE
Yale has 10 games against opponents ranked in the latest uscho.com poll. Four opponents appeared in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and two (BC, Union) advanced to the Frozen Four.

GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE
The Yale roster includes players from 12 different states, two provinces and Norway. New York and New Jersey are represented by four players from each state, while Alberta and Michigan contribute three players and Illinois has a pair.

BEFORE YALE
The United States Hockey League contributed nine players to the Bulldog roster. There are three from the British Columbia Hockey League, two from the Eastern Junior Hockey League and one from the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.  Eleven Yale student-athletes came directly from prep schools.
 
ACCOMPLISHED LEADERS
The current Yale roster is comprised of leaders and scholars. Here are some examples.
 
21        Captained a hockey team before coming to Yale
18        Captained another sports team
20        Won a scholar-athlete award
14        Graduated in top 10% of their class
10        National Honor Society Members
 4         Class Presidents
 
ACCOMPLISHED LEADERS
The current Yale roster is comprised of leaders and scholars. Here are some examples.
 
21        Captained a hockey team before coming to Yale
18        Captained another sports team
20        Won a scholar-athlete award
14        Graduated in top 10% of their class
10        National Honor Society Members
 4         Class Presidents
 
SURVEY SAYS
The Yale players were surveyed about each other, and here are the results:
 
Strongest player (pound for pound):                      8 Josh Balch
Fastest on skates:                                                              22 Tommy Fallen
Hardest Shot:                                                           28 Antoine Laganiere
Best fore-checker:                                                   20 Jesse Root
Best Passer:                                                              17 Andrew Miller
Best Singer:                                                               21 Colin Dueck
Sense of Humor:                                                             20 Jesse Root
Biggest Appetite:                                                     15 Clint Bourbonais
Most Soft Spoken:                                                  21Colin Dueck
Most Talkative:                                                              20 Jesse Root
Player you would want your sister to date:                    21 Colin Dueck
Best Dressed:                                                            17 Andrew Miller
Most Likely to be a Head Coach:                                  2 Gus Young
Most Unique Hobby:                                              17 Andrew Miller (Fabric Collector)
 
AFTER THIS
The Bulldogs make the longest bus trip of the year with games at St. Lawrence and Clarkson next weekend.

MAJORS
Of the 18 Yale players who have decided on majors, six plan on earning degrees in political science. Three Elis have unique majors among teammates: Clinton Bourbonais (biomechanical engineering), Nick Maricic (philosophy) and Colin Dueck (psychology).

BULLDOGS PLAYING PRO
Fourteen former Yale players are skating professionally this season including three with the AHL Manchester Monarchs.
 
Brian O'Neill '12 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL)
Nick Jaskowiak '12 (Klostersee EHC, GerObL)           
Chad Ziegler '12 (Augusta Riverhawks, SPHL)           
Denny Kearney '11 (Louisiana IceGators, SPHL)
Broc Little '11 (AIK, SEL)
Jimmy Martin '11 (Utah Grizzlies, ECHL)
Mike Matczak '11 (Manchester Monachs, AHL)
Ken Trentowski '11 (Danbury Whalers, FHL)
Sean Backman '10 (Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL)
Ryan Donald '10 (Gwinnett Gladiators, ECHL)
Mark Arcobello '10 (Oklahoma City Barons, AHL)
David Meckler '09 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL)
Brad Mills '07 (Utah Grizzlies, ECHL)
Joe Callahan '05 (Abbotsford Heat, AHL)
 
HARBOR YARD
Yale and Fairfield co-hosted three (2009, 2011, 2012) of the last four NCAA East Regional Tournaments at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Bulldogs competed in two (2009, 2011) of the three at the arena. The two schools announced in November that they have another in 2014.
 
INGALLS
Yale hockey celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink (3,500 capacity) on Jan. 16, 2010. The rink built in 1958 has been modernized while adding 13,000 square feet of operational space. The additions include locker rooms and space for strength & conditioning (including skating treadmill), student-athlete study area, medical & training, officials, video, coaches, equipment, reception and more. There are new historical displays, concession stands and bathrooms for the building nicknamed the "Whale" because of its humpback-shaped roof.
 
WHALE OF A TIME
The Whale (Ingalls Rink) has been a tough place for visitors in recent years. Yale, which enjoyed its first undefeated (15-0-1, only Division I team to do that) regular season at Ingalls in 2010-11, finished 10-7 last year. The Bulldogs are 53-18-4 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.
 
ATTENTION MEDIA
Here are some important things to know if you are covering the Bulldogs or just working a game at Ingalls. Interviews: Yale head coach Keith Allain and select players are available on a semi-regular basis each week at Ingalls Rink, typically Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. If you would like to attend these informal media sessions, please contact Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn. Post-game interviews with Yale personnel are conducted in one of the youth locker rooms at ice level on the home side of the building. Let Steve Conn know who you would like to speak with immediately after the game. Media Gate List: Attendants stationed at the front and back of the rink have a media gate list to check off your name. Parking: The same list is used for PARKING in the garage (entrance off Prospect Street) behind the rink.

YALE ALL ACCESS
The Yale All-Access team is entirely comprised of students. Max Valenstein '13 returns for his second season of color commentary, while Addie Adams '15 is the new voice of Yale Hockey.  Behind the scenes, Patrick Ouziel '13, Taylor Stib '15, Daniel Stern '16 and Sam Dorward '13 work on the production. Since it began broadcasting hockey in 2010, YAA has grown exponentially and now averages about 1,000 viewers per broadcast. Broadcasts can be viewed online for free at the Yale University Campus youtube page or at yalebulldogs.com.

WYBC
WYBC Yale Radio has broadcast Yale hockey games for decades. A completely student-run operation, the broadcasts are organized by John Ryan '14 and Evan Frondorf '14, who also will serve as on-air talent this season along with Konrad Coutinho '13, Nell Meosky '14, Arturo Schultz '14, and Alex Eppler '16. WYBC will broadcast all home games and select road games, each with a pre-game inteview with Yale head coach Keith Allain, and all live coverage can be heard online at wybc.com.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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